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Canada: Hindus organise protest urging govt to condemn killing of Kashmiri pandits in 1990
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Canada: Hindus organise protest urging govt to condemn killing of Kashmiri pandits in 1990

To mark the Kashmiri Hindu genocide at the hands of Pakistan's terrorists on January 19, 1990, several members of Indo-Canadian Kashmir Forum and Hindu Forum Canada organised a LED truck advertisement campaign.The truck that crossed several cities of Greater Toronto had billboards with messages: #KashmiriHindusGenocide1990 #WeExist DESPITE #PakistaniTerror along with a message "Kashmiri Hindus Exist despite Pakistani Terror".Through the protest, the Canadian Hindus urged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau-led government to lodge a motion in the Parliament against Pakistan's terrorist acts.Thirty-one years ago, the minority Hindus living in the Kashmir valley, also known as Kashmiri Pandits, had faced ethnic cleansing as they were forced out of their lands by pro-Pakistan Islamist insurgents.Acc...
US: Biden’s pick for Pentagon chief says Pak action against LeT, JeM ‘incomplete’
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US: Biden’s pick for Pentagon chief says Pak action against LeT, JeM ‘incomplete’

United States president-elect Joe Biden’s pick to head the Pentagon, Gen (retired) Lloyd Austin, has said that Pakistan’s actions against anti-India terror groups such as LeT and JeM are “incomplete” and that China’s “increasingly aggressive actions” across the Indo-Pacific are a key concern for the country.Speaking at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday, Austin also said that if he is confirmed for the post, he will work to continue elevating the defence partnership with India and work to “further operationalise India’s ‘Major Defense Partner’ status”.Austin, 67, would be the first African American to run the department of defence but needs to be granted a waiver by both the House of Representatives and the Senate because the National Security Act requires the secretary o
Sindhi community in US to hold march against Pak atrocities
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Sindhi community in US to hold march against Pak atrocities

Members of the Sindhi community are gearing up for a demonstration of a different kind against atrocities committed by Pakistan authorities in Sindh province.US-based Sindhi Foundation has decided to raise awareness for climate change through a “Long Walk’ or a march stretching from New York City to Washington DC, covering a distance of more than 350 miles on foot.Titled “Long Walk for Freedom, Nature and Love”, is a demonstration that will cut through five US states: Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. Along the way, participants will meet with community members, other human rights groups and political leaders who wish to support the fight against climate change and human rights violations.Issues such as enforced disappearances, the plight of Sindhi women in Pakista
Pakistan’s anti-terrorism court issues arrest warrant for JeM chief Masood Azhar
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Pakistan’s anti-terrorism court issues arrest warrant for JeM chief Masood Azhar

Just ahead of the global terror financing watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting, an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for Jaish-e-Mohmmad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar.The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Gujranwala issued the warrant during a hearing in a terror financing case instituted by the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab police against some members of the JeM.“ATC Gujranwala judge Natasha Naseem Supra issued an arrest warrant for Masood Azhar and directed the CTD to arrest him and present him in the court. The CTD told the judge the JeM chief was involved in terror financing and selling jihadi literature,” an official said.He said the ATC judge issued the arrest warrant for Azhar on the request of a CTD inspector.This comes ahead of
Imran Khan govt will be finished the day Opposition lawmakers resign: Maryam Nawaz
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Imran Khan govt will be finished the day Opposition lawmakers resign: Maryam Nawaz

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Vice President Maryam Nawaz said that the Imran Khan-led government will be “finished” the day the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) lawmakers tender their resignations.She was addressing a large PDM rally in Bahawalpur when she posed the question to the audience whether the opposition parties should resign in order to mount pressure on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government.“Bahawalpur has given its verdict; this government’s days are numbered. So should [we] keep sitting in these sham assemblies or resign?” she asked the crowd, who largely responded with “resign”.“Remember, this government will be finished the day PDM tenders resignations,” she added.Mocking the PTI signature slogan of ‘tabdeeli’ (change), Maryam questioned whe
US House presents bill to terminate Pak designation as major non-NATO ally
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US House presents bill to terminate Pak designation as major non-NATO ally

On the first day of the 117th Congress, Republican Congressman Andy Biggs introduced a bill in the US House of Representatives to terminate the designation of Pakistan as a Major non-NATO Ally.The bill will strip away Pakistan’s designation as a major non-NATO ally, which allows various benefits such as access to excess US defense supplies and participation in cooperative defense research and development projects.The bill also notes that the US President cannot issue a separate designation of Pakistan as a Major NATO ally, unless a presidential certification that Pakistan continues to conduct military operations that are contributing to significantly disrupting the safe haven and freedom of movement of the Haqqani Network in Pakistan.It also seeks a presidential certification that Pakistan
Pakistan arrests Mumbai terror attack mastermind, LeT commander Lakhvi ahead of FATF meet
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Pakistan arrests Mumbai terror attack mastermind, LeT commander Lakhvi ahead of FATF meet

Just before the meetings of the global watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in January and February, Pakistan’s Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) has arrested Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operations commander and 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi on charges of using terror funds.“[Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi] is accused of running a dispensary using funds collected for terrorism financing. He and others also collected funds from this dispensary and used them for further terrorism financing and for personal expenses,” said the Counter Terrorism Department police spokesperson of the Pakistani province of Punjab.The spokesperson further said that Lakhvi’s offences were compounded by the fact that he is on the United Nation’s Security Council list of banned terrorists (und
Ready to try Pak terrorist Omar Sheikh in Daniel Pearl case: US Acting Attorney General
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Ready to try Pak terrorist Omar Sheikh in Daniel Pearl case: US Acting Attorney General

United States Acting Attorney General Jeffrey A Rosen said that Washington is ready to take custody of terrorist Omar Sheikh to stand trial in the American journalist Daniel Pearl’s abduction and murder case.In a statement, Rosen said the judicial rulings reversing Omar Sheikh conviction and ordering his release are an “affront to terrorism victims everywhere”.His statement comes days after the Sindh High Court directed to release terrorist Sheikh, Fahad Naseem, Sheikh Adil and Salman Saqib, the accused in the abduction and murder case of US journalist Daniel Pearl.In 2002, Pearl, the 38-year-old journalist of The Wall Street Journal’s South Asia bureau, was abducted and beheaded while he was in Pakistan investigating a story of terror groups’ links to Al Qaeda.“...The separate judicial ru
Hindu temple destroyed, set on fire by mob in Pakistan
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Hindu temple destroyed, set on fire by mob in Pakistan

In a video clip which went viral on social media, a mob of over hundred people led by local Muslim clerics reportedly destroyed and set on fire a Hindu temple in Karak district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan.The video shows a violent mob destroying the walls and roof of the temple. The act against Hindu minority community is widely condemned by human rights activists based in Pakistan and other parts of the world.Shama Junejo, a London-based human rights activist tweeted, "This is new Pakistan! A Hindu Temple was destroyed today in Karak, a city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, governed by PTI Govt. Police or forces didn't stop the mob because they were chanting Allah-o-Akbar. A shameful day, Beyond condemnation indeed!"Mubashir Zaidi, a journalist based in Karachi tweeted, "#BR...
Pakistan a pawn in Chinese policy, serious Indo-Sino conflict not good for China: IAF Chief
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Pakistan a pawn in Chinese policy, serious Indo-Sino conflict not good for China: IAF Chief

Pakistan has become a pawn in the Chinese policy and its military dependence on China would increase further in view of the debt trap due to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Indian Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said on Tuesday. In an address at a webinar on 'National Security Challenges and Air Power' organised by Vivekanand International Foundation, he said China has invested billions of dollars in the CPEC as loans to Islamabad and the already debt-ridden Pakistani administration would be under a lot of financial stress to repay even the interest as per the current fiscal situation there. Bhadauria said India's "most important" national security challenge is to understand China, its "possible game plan" and the deepening and evolving Sino-Pak relationship. "Pakistan has inc...